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e-NewsLetter Volume 10 Issue 20
Thursday October 15, 2009

In this issue:


Dream Big

    "Well informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value."
      --- Editorial in the Boston Post, 1865

Little goals and little dreams have no place in business… if you want to succeed. Has it ever happened to you that as soon as you get all fired up about a new goal or a new direction to take your business, someone tries to throw water on your fire? It is like magic! People that I haven't heard from in weeks will pick up on an idea that I have through casual conversation and then go out of their way to let me know why it won't work.

    "While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming."
      --- Lee DeForest, quoted in the New York Times, 1926

Dreams and goals are what set successful entrepreneurs apart from want-to-be successful people. Daniel Burnham once said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die."

That is heavy stuff, and not for the faint of heart. It is the type of motivation and inspiration that helped to create all of our revolutions: American, industrial, technological, and so on.

    "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
      --- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U. S. Office of Patents, 1899

Although you can't shun all of your friends, try to keep a mental distance from the folks who knock holes in your plans. Good, wise counsel is necessary to seek, but if they are not wisely advising and just slamming, shut them out mentally. Don't give them a foothold into your plans. As Mark Tinley, an Ironman champ from the '80s once said, "Stay away from television and people with bad attitudes."

    "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."
      --- Ken Olsen, President of Digital Equipment Corporation, at the Convention of the World Future Society, 1977

Whatever your business goals are, whatever your dream for success is, or whatever your big ideas are, hold them close to your chest and only share them with your team members who will support you and friends who will applaud you. Who knows what new breakthrough inventions could have been if only the inventor didn't allow others to rain on his or her parade.

    "The ordinary 'horseless carriage' is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle."
      --- The Literary Digest, October 14, 1899

Finish this last quarter of 2009 reviewing your goals and plans. Make sure that you didn't change any because you were afraid of what the negative people would say. Go through with them anyway. If the goals don't bring a payday, let that be your decision to fail. Don't leave yourself with regrets and what-ifs.

    "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."
      --- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in Gone with the Wind.

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Feature Articles

Successful & Stunning Vehicle Wraps: What You Need to Know, Part 2
By David King

In Part II of this article, we cover the correct ways of printing and laminating, installation, and delivery of the final product.
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Precision Process Tools for Screen Printers - Part One
By Ray Greenwood

Why You Can't Afford Not to Buy Them in the Modern Print Environment
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Advertiser - Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 solvent printer does it all!
Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 solvent printer does it all!

The Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 is ideal for printing everything from indoor/outdoor signage and tradeshow graphics to vehicle wraps, posters and fine art. Capable of printing up to 64" wide on virtually any solvent media, it comes fully loaded including a production-based RIP by ColorBurst®. Learn more.

Funny Signs

Signs from churches and church bulletins:

    "Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children."

    "Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered"

    "Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door"

We know those funny signs are out there. Take a moment and send them in to us and we'll share them with the world. Send all hysterical observations to:

Product Showcases

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2009 Guide to Digital Imaging: A Guide to Markets, Materials and Equipment in Digital Imaging from SGIA
Expand your knowledge about the technologies, possibilities and markets served by digital imaging with SGIA’s 2009 Guide to Digital Imaging. This handy reference is perfect for industry newcomers and seasoned veterans, with a new chapter on Raster Image Processor (RIP) software and listing of more than 200 digital output devices currently on the market. Get the best facts and market intelligence on this ever-growing industry.
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Watchfire LED signs (electronic message centers) help businesses and organizations increase visibility and drive growth.
Available in color and monochrome in a wide variety of sizes with pixel pitch ranging from 16mm for close-range viewing to 19mm for moderate-range, and 25mm and 35mm for long-distance viewing. Fully encapsulated LED modules enable the signs to operate in the harshest environments without the need for cooling units, saving significant energy. XVS capability delivers full-motion video, widest viewing angles and richest color palette with 281 trillion colors. Watchfire’s warranty, lead-times, customer support, and no-fee software are considered to be the best in the industry.
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Check out these great deals and other additional specials from JSI Sign Systems by clicking above.
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